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Explore an old prison for new ideas. Your group will learn more about the world’s first true penitentiary, discover the spaces and stories held within its walls, and consider Eastern State Penitentiary's relevance today.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are temporarily closed to the public. We'll reopen for daytime tours on March 12, 2021. Visit this page for the latest closure updates and ways to connect with us online.

We are currently booking virtual group tours and classroom visits. We are also accepting future reservations for on-site, self-guided audio tours (March 12, 2021 and beyond) and guide-led tours (June 2021 and beyond) with the understanding they can be cancelled by either party, at any time.

Visit the corresponding page below to learn more and book your tour today! All private tours can also be scheduled by emailing Francine Schiffman, Manager of Group Sales and Guest Support at [email protected].


  • School Tours

    Eastern State offers interactive, discussion-based tours and workshops for schools that explore the penitentiary’s history and relevance today.

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  • General Interest Group Tours

    Groups of all ages enjoy tours of Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • Virtual Group Tours

    Groups can now virtually partake in Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning guided tour program! These live, interactive, discussion-based experiences are perfect for both schools and general interest groups.

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